Football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known as Pele is suffering depression and has chosen to remain indoors due to his deteriorating health condition. So said his son Edinho.
The Brazilian legend recently had his hip bone replaced and has since been confined to a wheelchair. As it can be expected for such a public figure, he has not taken his recent health problems with joy. His son, Edinho said “He’s pretty fragile. He had a hip replacement and didn’t have an adequate or ideal rehabilitation. So he has this problem with mobility and that has set off a kind of depression. Imagine, he’s the king, he was always such an imposing figure, and today he can no longer walk properly. Only with help. He is very shy, very embarrassed about it”.
This is not the first time the football great has been ill. In 1977, he underwent a procedure when his right kidney was removed and also recently had an operation to remove kidney stones.
He was instrumental during Brazil’s hay days between 1958 and 1970 when they won three world cups.
Pele who turns 80 in October is also Brazil’s leading scorer with 77 goals and remains one of football’s greatest ever players.